Soligor Digital Spot Sensor

I bought this spot meter some time ago to use with my Deardorff 8×10 camera.

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It was considerably less expensive than the more popular Pentax alternative. For all that, it works just fine.

The readout uses old-fashioned ‘Light-up’ LEDs rather than LCDs, which I rather like. (It reminds me of the first digital device I ever saw, a Texas Instruments LED watch my Aunt Sheila brought over from America in 1977.)

Anyway, this meter is simple to use: you point it at the target and press the trigger. The E.V. value is displayed and you take your shutter speed and aperture from a rotating scale on the lens. Easy peas.

I don’t use it much now that I’ve sold my Deardorff, so I may just put it back on eBay someday soon…

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Weekend Papers

To the shop to get the FT Weekend and The Times.

I only read the Life & Arts section and the magazine in the FT. These incorporate a fair amount of photography. The quality of journalism in the FT Weekend is so good it makes The Times look pretty shabby. So much so, in fact, that I might stop buying it. (There’s also the fact that The Times is a Murdoch paper, which I find a little distasteful.)

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Storms

It’s been a long winter and still a bit to go yet. Storms, and there have been plenty, have recently been given names by the authorities. Today’s turmoil brought to you by Gertrude:

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Sequester / Awoiska Van Der Molen

I received a copy of Awoiska Van Der Molen’s “Sequester” in the post from Germany today. It’s a signed first edition. I don’t usually spend this much money on books but this one seemed special.

Sequester garnered a lot of critical acclaim when it was first published in 2014. The photographs are mostly quite or very dark, which I like. The subject matter is landscape – open country, hills and foliage. Print quality is excellent.

Ever the camera geek, I emailed Awoiska before I bought the book to ask which camera and film she uses. The answer is Mamiya RZ and Kodak / Ilford, though she wasn’t more specific than that. (She did say, though, “dear Stephen, knowing the camera and film I use won’t give you the recepy :)” )

Text interview with Awoiska here.
Nice Vimeo interview here.
Book flick-through video here.
http://www.awoiska.nl/

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Hello

I decided to go completely retro and start an olde-worlde blog. So here it is. Before this was here, I had an NDXZ Studio setup displaying some of my photographs but hardly anyone ever visited it so never mind.

I intend to blog periodically about the little things that interest me – principally: photography; cats; cooking; books… whatever I’m doing or, more likely, thinking about.

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